Listen to the Best English Podcasts for the Classroom from NPR.

Accelerate intermediate & advanced English Learners with rigorous content from NPR. English listening supports and scaffolded lessons deepen comprehension. Assess English listening comprehension with our unique auto-graded quizzes.

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"My ELs love using Listenwise. The content has been a stretch, which has been wonderful for them. What I like best is that although it emphasizes listening, it also involves reading, speaking (academic conversations), writing and vocabulary development."


Anabel Gonzalez,  Iredell-Statesville District, NC

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3 - 6 minute fascinating stories from NPR with built-in lesson plans and listening quizzes. Explore daily current event stories or standards-aligned lessons for ELA, Science, and Social Studies.

listening comprehension quizzes

Automatically scored multiple choice comprehension quizzes allow easy integration into instruction without additional testing time. User­-friendly data reports will show you how students are performing by listening strands. 


listening for english learners

Listen to authentic academic language spoken in context. Additional supports include: Interactive transcripts, slower audio options, active listening organizers, and scaffolded instruction.

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Listenwise is the only program that builds listening comprehension skills to engage students and assess listening. Compare our plans and learn more about the program features. 
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How to Use Listenwise for English Learners


Listening Acquisition Whitepaper

Is listening a missing link to academic language acquisition in today’s secondary schools?

Read Along As You Listen

Lessons include content-specific scaffolding suggestions for building background and close listening. ESL teachers can go even further with language objectives and aligned practice.

Vocabulary Learning

Receptive vocabularies, or what can be understood when listening, can be at least two grade levels higher than a student’s expressive vocabularies.